Fr. Owen da Silva – Diocese of San Bernardino

Father Owen da Silva

Diocese of San Bernardino/Franciscan

Owen da Silva Horowitz Law

Ordained: 1936

Died: 1967

Assignment History:

  • 1936-1937: St. Anthony’s Seminary (Santa Barbara, CA)

Summary of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Father Owen da Silva:

Fr. Owen da Silva, a member of the Franciscan Friars, was named in multiple civil lawsuits, including a 2008 civil lawsuit filed against the Franciscan Friars, Old Mission Santa Barbara.  The survivor alleges that he was sexually abused by da Silva from 1936 to 1937 at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, California. It is reported that da Silva was the first known perpetrator of clergy child sexual abuse in Santa Barbara.

He is named publicly on the Santa Barbara Province Franciscans list and on the Diocese of Las Cruces’ list of credibly accused clergy of child sexual abuse in 2019.

Da Silva died in 1967. His whereabouts and whether he had access to children from 1937 until his death in 1967 are unknown.

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